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Lightbulb One-woman play features actuarial science, reinsurance

“Natural Shocks”: A Powerful Delight of a Play (review of NYC Off-Broadway debut)

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Written by Lauren Gunderson, whom American Theatre Magazine declared the most produced playwright in America today, “Natural Shocks” is a show about love, loss and insurance agents. Angela, herself an insurance agent, has a lot on her mind. Throughout the play, she laments her fractured relationship with her mother, gushes over Shakespearean monologues, and confesses her love of actuarial science and reinsurance seminars...

...several monologues about the joys of risk mitigation and the poetry of probability, Angela’s nerdy quirks always feel charming and endearing, rather than abrasive or exclusionary. It’s hard not to smile when she giddily explains the sixteen perils of insurance coverage, not because her facts are particularly interesting, but because of the infectiousness of her excitement.
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Natural Shocks is a darkly hilarious solo tour-de-force where an unnamed woman is forced into her basement when she finds herself in the path of a tornado...
According to the publicist, "there are currently slated productions in Rio Vista, CA (currently in performances) and Chicago (starting performances on 4/2) if you’re able to get to either!"

Gee, that could be fun for the Annual Meeting(!)

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I hope she mentions the word professionalism, at least once
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Rio Vista, CA????? That's a little too off-Broadway for my liking!!!!!
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Rio Vista, CA????? That's a little too off-Broadway for my liking!!!!!
I thought I knew a lot about California, having lived here most of my life, but I had to look up where that was. Halfway between SF and Sac. And on the road less traveled, no less.

Why would nerdy quirks be abrasive or exclusionary? We're not the Jarada, after all. <snort>
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Angela, herself an insurance agent, has a lot on her mind. Throughout the play, she laments her fractured relationship with her mother, gushes over Shakespearean monologues, and confesses her love of actuarial science and reinsurance seminars...
The combination of bolded parts may exceed my ability to suspend disbelief.
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The combination of bolded parts may exceed my ability to suspend disbelief.
I missed this on first read.
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Obviously, she has met some stereotypically hunky actuaries, wants to mate with them to produce superior children.

So, basically a Eugenics story.
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Would we get CE credit if we watched it?
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I hope there's a campy 1970s pot-smoking scene about 25 minutes into the show.
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